Finance firm collection agent robbed of Rs 1.4 lakh

Amritsar, August 18: In yet another robbery incident, three armed persons looted an employee of a finance firm when he was returning after collecting instalments from clients late last evening.

Munish Kumar, the victim, works as a recovery or a collection agent with Janlakshmi Finance Company on Tarn Taran Road here. He was returning from Mullechak village after collecting money on his motorcycle. He said when he reached near the Bhagtanwala chowk, three unknown motorcycle-borne youths intercepted him.

They took out a sharp-edged weapon and threatened him to hand over the bag. When he tried to resist, they snatched his bag containing cash to tune of Rs 1.40 lakh, a tablet, a finger-printing machine and a charger before fleeing. He told the police that the motorcycle had the registration number 4152 written with paint.

The police authorities said that a case under Section 379-B, IPC, against unknown persons had been registered.Jagtar Singh, SHO, Gate Hakima police, stated that though the police had scrutinised several CCTV cameras but the images were not clear. The accused had covered their faces and therefore could not be recognised.

Further investigations were under progress.

This is second such incident in the past one month in which an employee of the same finance firm was robbed by robbers. Earlier, Karan Mahajan, a collection agent of the company, was robbed of Rs 60,000 near Naushehra Kalan village on July 19. He works as a collection agent for the Majitha Road branch of Jan Lakshami Finance Service Company.

He said he was returning to the branch at around 12 noon after collecting Rs 60,000 from 20 clients when the incident took place.Employees of finance firms have been easy targets of the miscreants. In May 25 last year, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched Rs 5.60 lakh from Sunil Kumar, an employee of a Delhi-based finance company, in the posh Green Avenue locality here. He was going to deposit the cash in the bank when the incident took place.